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Pokemon Go Debuts in Japan as Viral Monster-Hunt Game Comes Home

  • Game is available for download in Android, Apple stores
  • Game hits Pokemon’s home market two weeks after debut
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Pokemon Go Released in Japan

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Pokemon Go is finally appearing where it all began: Japan.

After captivating users in the U.S., Australia and some parts of Europe, the smartphone app is now officially available for Apple and Android devices in the country that gave birth to the Pokemon franchise two decades ago. The release comes two weeks after the game made its chart-topping debut overseas, triggering a worldwide phenomenon that added as much as $20 billion to the market value of Nintendo Co. Shares rose as much as 6.9 percent in Tokyo.